Recall Expansion: 4.5 Million Honda Cars Called Back Over Takata Airbags

The latest development in the Takata airbag recalls saga comes from Japanese automaker Honda. The company announced that it’s adding approximately 4.5 million vehicles to the tally, which is a considerable amount of cars even by recall standards.
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The latest Honda headlines are dominated by a company that wants to adopt English as its official language by 2020, even though former Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito declared that it’s “stupid” for a Japanese company to use English as the official work language. But to cultivate a global workforce, the obvious starting point is to conduct business in ENG.

Then there’s this 4.5 million expansion of an original 4.8-million recall campaign announced on May 14th. The mind-boggling number of this story is 24.5 million. That’s how many cars the Japanese manufacturer recalled to date to replace sub-standard (and potentially deadly) airbag inflators made by Takata. That's a friggin' lot. Of the models involved in the recall expansion, none were sold in the United States of America.

Approximately 1.63 million of the 4.5 million vehicles were sold in Japan, predominantly Fit superminis and CR-V Crossovers. Information on cars affected in markets outside Japan is not available at the time of writing, but fret not - all will be disclosed as soon as investigation findings will be a-OK to be announced.

To date, Takata airbags were linked with the death of 8 people and 100-plus injured. Curiously enough, all 8 of the deceased died in Honda-branded vehicles. Even more curious that that is the fact that Honda owns 1.2 percent of the Takata Corporation.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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